2005–06 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
2005–06 season
Chairman England Simon Jordan
Manager Northern Ireland Iain Dowie
Stadium Selhurst Park
Championship 6th (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Semi-finals
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Andrew Johnson (15)
All:
Andrew Johnson (17)[1]
Highest home attendance 23,843 (vs. Leeds United, 4 March 2006)
Lowest home attendance 17,291 (vs. Preston North End, 24 September 2005)
Average home league attendance 19,457[2]

During the 2005–06 English football season, Crystal Palace F.C. competed in the Football League Championship, following relegation from the FA Premier League the previous season.

Season summary[edit]

Crystal Palace had been boosted by the decision by the Premiership's top English goalscorer or the previous season, Andrew Johnson, to remain with the Londoners to fire their bid for a return to the top flight. Although Johnson was less prolific this season, scoring only 15 goals, Palace reached the play-offs in sixth place - the position they had finished in the promotion season of 2004. Palace faced third-placed Watford in the semi-finals - they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in the first leg, and were only able to draw the second leg 0-0, consigning Palace to another season in the Championship. Manager Iain Dowie was soon on his way out, leaving by mutual consent on 22 May. Dowie claimed he wanted to be closer to his family in the north;[3] he would take up the vacancy at London rivals Charlton Athletic a mere eight days later.[4] He was followed out of Selhurst Park by Johnson, who snubbed Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers to join Everton for £8.6 million.

In June, Palace appointed Hull City manager (and former Palace winger) Peter Taylor as Dowie's successor.[5]

Kit[edit]

Italian company Diadora remained Palace's kit manufacturers, and introduced a new home kit for the season. Unlike the previous season's kit, which was mainly red, the new kit was predominantly blue, complimented by a single thick red stripe down the centre of the shirt. For the club's centenary the club wore a commemorative kit on 27 July, 27 September and 22 October: the kit recalled one worn by the club in the 1970s, which featured white shorts and socks and a white shirt with two stripes of sky blue and claret (the club's original colours) in the centre.

Churchill Insurance remained kit sponsors for the sixth consecutive season.

Final league table[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Reading 46 31 13 2 99 32 +67 106
P 2 Sheffield United 46 26 12 8 76 46 +30 90
P 3 Watford 46 22 15 9 77 53 +24 81
  4 Preston North End 46 20 20 6 59 30 +29 80
  5 Leeds United 46 21 15 10 57 38 +19 78
  6 Crystal Palace 46 21 12 13 67 48 +19 75
  7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 16 19 11 50 42 +8 67
  8 Coventry City 46 16 15 15 62 65 −3 63
  9 Norwich City 46 18 8 20 56 65 −9 62
  10 Luton Town 46 17 10 19 66 67 −1 61
  11 Cardiff City 46 16 12 18 58 59 −1 60
  12 Southampton 46 13 19 14 49 50 −1 58
  13 Stoke City 46 17 7 22 54 63 −9 58
  14 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 17 16 39 46 −7 56
  15 Ipswich Town 46 14 14 18 53 66 −13 56
  16 Leicester City 46 13 15 18 51 59 −8 54
  17 Burnley 46 14 12 20 46 54 −8 54
  18 Hull City 46 12 16 18 49 55 −6 52
  19 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 13 20 39 52 −13 52
  20 Derby County 46 10 20 16 53 67 −14 50
  21 Queens Park Rangers 46 12 14 20 50 65 −15 50
R 22 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 15 22 57 86 −29 42
R 23 Millwall 46 8 16 22 35 62 −27 40
R 24 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 7 17 22 39 71 −32 38

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first[6]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 August 2005 Luton Town H 1-2 21,166 Johnson
9 August 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-2 24,745 McAnuff
13 August 2005 Norwich City A 1-1 25,102 Johnson
20 August 2005 Plymouth Argyle H 1-0 18,781 Ward
27 August 2005 Stoke City H 2-0 17,637 Johnson (2)
10 September 2005 Hull City H 2-0 18,630 Morrison, Johnson
13 September 2005 Reading A 2-3 17,562 Johnson, Morrison
17 September 2005 Cardiff City A 0-1 11,647
24 September 2005 Preston North End H 1-1 17,291 Morrison
27 September 2005 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-0 17,413 Morrison, Whelan (own goal)
3 October 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 3-1 13,433 Reich (2), Soares
15 October 2005 Coventry City A 4-1 24,438 Ward, Morrison, Watson, Macken
18 October 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0-1 22,400
22 October 2005 Burnley H 2-0 20,127 Morrison, Freedman
29 October 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 2-2 6,766 Freedman, Morrison
5 November 2005 Sheffield United H 2-3 20,344 Hughes, Freedman (pen)
20 November 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion A 3-2 7,067 Freedman (2), McAnuff
22 November 2005 Coventry City H 2-0 17,343 Andrews, Boyce
26 November 2005 Luton Town A 0-2 10,248
3 December 2005 Millwall H 1-1 19,571 Watson
10 December 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-1 19,385 Johnson
17 December 2005 Plymouth Argyle A 0-2 14,582
26 December 2005 Ipswich Town A 2-0 27,392 Macken, Hughes
28 December 2005 Derby County H 2-0 18,978 Morrison, Ward
31 December 2005 Watford A 2-1 15,856 Ward, Johnson (pen)
2 January 2006 Leicester City H 2-0 20,089 McAnuff, Johnson
14 January 2006 Hull City A 2-1 18,886 Ward, Cort (own goal)
20 January 2006 Reading H 1-1 19,888 Johnson (pen)
25 January 2006 Southampton A 0-0 24,651
31 January 2006 Preston North End A 0-2 13,867
4 February 2006 Cardiff City H 1-0 17,962 Riihilahti
11 February 2006 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-0 24,784
14 February 2006 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 17,550 Morrison, McAnuff
18 February 2006 Millwall A 1-1 12,296 Watson
25 February 2006 Norwich City H 4-1 19,066 Johnson, Watson, Morrison, Hall
4 March 2006 Leeds United H 1-2 23,843 McAnuff
13 March 2006 Stoke City A 3-1 10,121 Sidibe (own goal), McAnuff, Johnson
18 March 2006 Ipswich Town H 2-2 22,076 Riihilahti, Morrison
21 March 2006 Leeds United A 1-0 24,507 McAnuff
25 March 2006 Derby County A 1-2 24,857 Morrison
31 March 2006 Watford H 3-1 18,619 Freedman, Stewart (own goal), DeMerit (own goal)
7 April 2006 Leicester City A 0-2 23,211
15 April 2006 Crewe Alexandra H 2-2 18,358 Johnson (2)
17 April 2006 Burnley A 0-0 11,449
22 April 2006 Southampton H 2-1 20,995 Johnson, Morrison
30 April 2006 Sheffield United A 0-1 27,120

Championship play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 6 May 2006 Watford H 0-3 22,880
SF 2nd Leg 9 May 2006 Watford A 0-0 (lost 0-3 on agg) 19,041

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 2006 Northampton Town H 4-1 10,391 Hughes, McAnuff, Johnson (pen), Freedman (pen)
R4 28 January 2006 Preston North End A 1-1 9,489 Johnson
R4R 7 February 2006 Preston North End H 1-2 7,356 Ward

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 23 August 2005 Walsall H 3-0 5,508 Popovic (pen), Granville, Hughes
R2 20 September 2005 Coventry City H 1-0 5,341 Reich
R3 25 October 2005 Liverpool H 2-1 19,673 Freedman, Reich
R4 30 November 2005 Middlesbrough A 1-2 10,791 Queudrue (own goal)

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Hungary GK Gábor Király
3 England DF Danny Granville
4 England DF Darren Ward
5 England DF Mark Hudson
6 Australia DF Tony Popovic (captain)
7 Jamaica MF Jobi McAnuff[7]
8 England FW Andy Johnson
9 Scotland FW Dougie Freedman
10 Republic of Ireland FW Jon Macken[8]
11 Republic of Ireland FW Clinton Morrison[9]
12 England MF Mikele Leigertwood
14 England MF Ben Watson
15 Finland MF Aki Riihilahti
16 England MF Tommy Black
No. Position Player
17 Northern Ireland MF Michael Hughes
18 England DF Gary Borrowdale
19 England MF Tom Soares
20 England DF Danny Butterfield
21 England DF Emmerson Boyce
22 Germany MF Marco Reich
23 England FW Wayne Andrews
25 England DF Fitz Hall
28 Argentina GK Julián Speroni
29 England DF Sam Togwell
32 England MF Ryan Hall
36 England DF Glenn Wilson
37 England DF Arron Fray
39 England FW Lewis Grabban

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22 Finland MF Joonas Kolkka (to ADO Den Haag)
27 Australia MF Anthony Danze (released)
No. Position Player
30 Hungary FW Sándor Torghelle (on loan to Panathinaikos)
31 England FW Tyrone Berry (to Rushden & Diamonds)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Goalscorers/0,,10794~200510323~7,00.html
  2. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Attendance/0,,10794~200510323~7,00.html
  3. ^ "Boss Dowie leaves post at Palace". BBC Sport. 22 May 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Palace take action against Dowie". BBC Sport. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Taylor named new Palace manager". BBC Sport. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/crystal-palace/2005-2006
  7. ^ McAnuff was born in England.
  8. ^ Macken was born in England.
  9. ^ Morrison was born in England.